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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Announces Strong Hotel Growth And Development Momentum In 2014 »

February 26, 2015 at 12:09PM PST | Source: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS - Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world's largest and most dynamic hotel groups reported strong 2014 results with 57 openings, 84 signings and system wide revenues of $7.8 billion, a four percent increase compared to last year.
"It was an exciting and successful year with tremendous growth, development momentum, revenue increases and the launch of two new brands," said David P. Berg, chief operating officer, Carlson. "Together with our partners we are growing and strengthening our portfolio and our 2014 results are evidence of that."
The number of rooms the group opened in 2014 increased 16 percent compared to 2013 and 64 percent of new rooms opened were located in developing countries, a key focus for Carlson Rezidor...

Don't Be Left Out In The Cold: Christmas Decor Highlights The Benefits Of Scheduling Outdoor Holiday Light Displays Now »

February 26, 2015 at 11:51AM PST | Source: Christmas Decor

LUBBOCK, TX - (Marketwired - Feb 26, 2015) - While home and business owners may be thinking about spring sales and summer vacations, the memories of the recent holiday season are still fresh -- and for some, those memories include hours of preparing, putting up, maintaining, taking down, checking, repairing and storing their outdoor holiday decorations. For those who climbed, moved and climbed a ladder over and over again as they struggled with tangled lights and broken fasteners and told themselves, "Never again," holiday decorating specialist Christmas Décor has a suggestion: Contact a professional holiday decorating firm now to plan and schedule a 2015 holiday display where all you need to do is flip a switch.
It may seem extreme to be thinking about the year-end holidays before spring has even started, but, according to Brandon Stephens, president of Christmas Décor, Inc...

Sotheby's International Realty Network Reports Significant Gains For 2014 »

February 26, 2015 at 11:27AM PST | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today reported that in 2014 its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved $70 billion in U.S. home sale transaction volume (transaction sides multiplied by average sale price). This is the highest sales volume performance in the history of the brand's franchise system, and marks a 17% increase from the prior year. Driven largely by an 11 percent gain in transaction sides, the growth experienced by Sotheby's International Realty far outpaced the overall U.S. housing market as compared to the one percent increase in sales volume and a three percent decrease in home sales reported by the National Association of Realtors®.
Global Growth
The Sotheby's International Realty brand also reported growth in its global network, which now encompasses 60 countries and territories worldwide...

Firehouse Subs® Welcomes New Technology With Apple Pay™ »

February 26, 2015 at 11:21AM PST | Source: Firehouse Subs
Firehouse Subs Opportunities Available

February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Firehouse Subs, fast casual restaurant chain with more than 860 locations, announces a nationwide rollout of Apple Pay, a new category of service that transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay. Firehouse Subs offers guests the option to make mobile payments from their iPhone® 6, iPhone 6 Plus and soon Apple Watch™, bringing a faster and more convenient experience.
Mobile payments are changing the way guests pay, and Apple Pay provides a simple and seamless experience. It's easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their credit and debit cards.
"Innovation and exceptional customer service are two core values at Firehouse Subs share and as the No...

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Brings Big Data To The Kitchen Table With CBx Application »

February 26, 2015 at 10:50AM PST | Source: Coldwell Banker

New Home Listing Experience Uses Big Data to Identify Who and Where Potential Buyers of a Specific Home Are, Helping Sellers More Accurately Market Their Properties
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the original San Francisco Bay area real estate start-up founded in 1906, continues its push to create exceptional experiences for home sellers. On the heels of its new digital platform allowing sellers to actively participate in the marketing of their home, the real estate brand is now launching an exclusive iPad application for its sales associates visualizing who a home’s potential buyers are, from where they are moving and other market dynamics based on data from multiple public and private sources...

PrideStaff Expands With New Staffing And Employment Agency In Charlotte Southeast, North Carolina »

February 26, 2015 at 10:11AM PST | Source: PrideStaff

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) February 26, 2015 - PrideStaff, a national staffing organization, is pleased to announce the opening of a new staffing and employment agency in Charlotte. The new office will offer a full range of staffing and employment services in a variety of professional and light industrial disciplines serving the Charlotte Southeast area.
"After more than 20 years working in corporate marketing for large companies, I am excited to help small businesses succeed and offer quality job candidates rewarding employment opportunities," said Denis Pringle, Owner/Strategic-Partner of the Charlotte Southeast PrideStaff office. "Owning a PrideStaff office allows me to do what I love best – solve business problems – while being my own boss and helping others succeed...

Hyatt To Present At The Citi 2015 Global Property CEO Conference »

February 26, 2015 at 9:54AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Citi's 2015 Global Property CEO Conference
CHICAGO - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, will speak at the Citi 2015 Global Property CEO Conference at 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday, March 2, 2015. Atish Shah, senior vice president of strategy, FP&A and investor relations, will also attend the conference.
All interested persons may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the presentation, which may be accessed through the Company’s website at www.hyatt.com and selecting the Investor Relations link located at the bottom of the page. A replay will be available for 90 days.
About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome...

Soldierfit Launches Franchise Program Along The East Coast »

February 26, 2015 at 9:18AM PST | Source: Soldierfit

Revolutionary Military-Inspired Fitness Center Now Offering Franchise Opportunities
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Gaithersburg, Maryland – Soldierfit, the nation's leading military inspired fitness center, announced today its plans to expand its business along the East Coast of the United States with a targeted franchise opportunity. Soldierfit is a fitness organization based on military values that aims to educate its members on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Unlike other fitness centers, Soldierfit's top priority is character building. Owner Danny Farrar is an 11-year U.S. Army veteran who launched the company with business partner David Posin in 2007. Since then, Soldierfit has grown to include multiple 10,000-plus square foot centers across Maryland...

Starwood Hotels Debuts 14th Hotel In Texas With The Grand Opening Of Sheraton McKinney Hotel And Conference Center »

February 26, 2015 at 8:34AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

New Hotel Opens in the Heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
MCKINNEY, Texas - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the opening of the Sheraton McKinney Hotel and Conference Center in McKinney, Texas. Owned by Gateway Hotel One, Ltd., the hotel offers 186 guest rooms and suites, ample meeting facilities and all of Sheraton’s signature services and amenities. The property will celebrate its opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private reception attended by McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and members of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.
Sheraton McKinney is located 30 miles northeast of downtown Dallas and a short drive from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport...

Home Care Assistance Of St. Louis Welcomes Mark B. Rogers, BSBA, As Director Of Business Development »

February 26, 2015 at 8:31AM PST | Source: Home Care Assistance

Mark B. Rogers joins Home Care Assistance in a period of incredible growth to further develop company programs such as Hospital to Home Care and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™
St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 26, 2015 - Home Care Assistance of St Louis, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, welcomes Mark B. Rogers, as the new Director of Business Development. Mark will play an integral role in developing key partnerships with healthcare and senior care professionals across the greater St. Louis area. His role will be focused on growing company programs such as Hospital to Home Care and the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, an innovative approach to in-home dementia care, in addition to Home Care Assistance’s core in-home assisted living services...

HouseMaster's Dan Mayfield Honored At Home Inspection Franchisor's Annual Conference »

February 26, 2015 at 8:27AM PST | Source: HouseMaster

CHATANOOGA, TN - (Marketwired - February 26, 2015) - HouseMaster, the first and most experienced home inspection franchise company in North America, recently honored Dan Mayfield of the local Chatanooga, TN franchise with The Home Inspection Excellence Award at the company's annual conference held October 16-18 at the Charleston Marriot in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Home Inspection Excellence Award is given to honor those owners who reach the milestone of being in business for 20 years.
"It was very gratifying to be recognized at our conference this year," said Dan Mayfield. "In today's competitive real estate market, the services we offer as part of the HouseMaster family are more important than ever in helping both sellers and buyers make educated real estate decisions...

Hyatt Place Hotel Planned For Saint Paul »

February 26, 2015 at 8:14AM PST | Source: Hyatt Place

Custom House, A Historic Building Being Redeveloped for Mixed Use, will Feature a 149-Room Hyatt Place Hotel
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), Nelson Development and Exeter Group LLC today announced plans for a 149-room, five-story Hyatt Place hotel to be located in the former U.S. Post Office and Custom House building in Saint Paul, Minn. Exeter Group acquired the Custom House property from the U.S. Postal Service in August 2013, and has secured National Park Service approval to list the property on the National Register of Historic Places and to convert the building to a mixed use development with hotel and residential components, as well as a variety of supporting uses. Exeter Group LLC is the master developer of Custom House project and Nelson Development is acquiring a portion of the building for development of the hotel, which will be managed by LodgeWorks Partners, L...

Pinot's Palette Signs First International Franchise Agreement »

February 26, 2015 at 7:49AM PST | Source: Pinot's Palette

Becomes First Paint and Sip Franchise To Expand Internationally
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Houston, Texas – Pinot's Palette, the fastest-growing franchisor of paint and sip studios in the United States, is now expanding internationally with the signing of a master license agreement for as many as eight studios in Toronto and the Niagara Region over the next six years.
Chad M. Smith and Canadian native Joanne Christena Smith are the master franchisees and they are no strangers to Pinot's Palette, with two Pinot's Palette studios in Connecticut and New York. The husband and wife team plans to expand the international business quickly, opening their own Canadian locations as well as awarding franchise opportunities to qualified investors...

Smoothie Factory® Celebrates Rapid Growth In 2014 »

February 26, 2015 at 7:12AM PST | Source: Smoothie Factory

Smoothie and Juice brand Grows by more than 60 percent under BRIX Holdings, LLC
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - Smoothie Factory Juice Bar, a leading retailer of real fruit smoothies, fresh cold-squeezed juices, and nutritional products, enjoyed a record year for growth and development in 2014 adding 20 new locations for a total of 52 locations under its new parent company, BRIX Holdings, LLC.
The revitalized Smoothie Factory Juice Bar store concept will open in Tucson, Arizona on March 1 near the University of Arizona and features a comprehensive fresh juice program, and incorporates Red Mango® frozen yogurt. The store is part of a 7-store development plan for Arizona by existing franchisee, John Wilfert.
Much of Smoothie Factory's growth was driven through a cobranding initiative with Red Mango Yogurt Cafe, an award-winning healthy cafe serving world famous Red Mango all natural frozen yogurt...

Dunkin' Brands, The J.M. Smucker Company And Keurig Expand Partnership To Make Dunkin' K-Cup Packs »

February 26, 2015 at 7:06AM PST | Source: Dunkin' Brands

February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // CANTON, Mass., ORRVILLE, Ohio, and WATERBURY, Vt. - Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., (NASDAQ: DNKN), The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR) today expanded their partnership by signing agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Dunkin' K-Cup® packs at retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and online. Dunkin' K-Cup® packs are presently available in Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the U.S. Keurig is the exclusive producer of Dunkin' K-Cup® packs and will remain so with the expansion of the partnership. The J.M. Smucker Company currently manufactures and distributes Dunkin' Donuts® brand premium bagged coffee where groceries are sold under license from Dunkin' Donuts...

Hilton Worldwide Announces Redevelopment Of Key London Property »

February 26, 2015 at 6:59AM PST | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Hilton London Docklands Riverside to Undergo Refurbishment and Open as DoubleTree by Hilton
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // LONDON and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to redevelop and reflag Hilton London Docklands Riverside as DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands hotel in 2015. The hotel will continue to operate under a Hilton Worldwide management agreement with owner H.I.G. Capital and joins 10 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Greater London.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "The property's recent sale and lease agreement's conclusion has created a unique opportunity to redevelop and transition the hotel under our upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Global Headquarters Earns Highest Environmental Certification »

February 26, 2015 at 6:51AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Company Headquarters Becomes the First LEED Platinum Building in Stamford, Connecticut
STAMFORD, Conn. - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.'s (NYSE:HOT) aggressive environmental goals and design-led approach earned the company's global headquarters the highest LEED certification available. Home to more than 1,200 Starwood associates representing nearly every global function, One StarPoint is the only building in Stamford, Conn., to achieve this level of LEED certification.
"We made a long-term investment in Stamford when we moved our global headquarters here and our extensive work for LEED certification is one way we continue to create a healthy and environmentally conscious work environment, which helps with retention, reduces energy consumption, and creates a more pleasant working experience," said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and head of Global Citizenship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide...

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Eyes Atlantic Coast For Expansion »

February 26, 2015 at 6:46AM PST | Source: Tilted Kilt

Nationwide Pub & Eatery to Introduce More than 20 New Pubs in Three Years
TEMPE, Ariz. - February 25, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, a sports bar that pays homage to the old public houses of America, England, Scotland and Ireland, is pleased to announce the addition of more than 20 new pubs along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts in the next three to five years.
The new pubs will open under the leadership of business partners Dan Allen and Sean Cahill, Tilted Kilt Area Developers and multi-unit franchisees. There are already nine pubs in different stages of development in the Northern Virginia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. regions slated to open by the end of 2016. The newest East Coast pub is slated to open in Chesapeake, Va...

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Debuts New Hotel At Philadelphia's Penn’s Landing »

February 26, 2015 at 6:41AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Waterfront Hotel Provides Instant Access to Dining, Entertainment and Shopping in the Heart of the Nation's Birthplace
PHILADELPHIA & MCLEAN, Va. - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, a 348-room hotel located in downtown Philadelphia.
"Hilton continues to grow in the City of Brotherly Love and is proud to welcome Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing to our growing portfolio of more than 550 hotels worldwide," said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. "With breathtaking views, modern amenities and large meeting and event spaces, this property provides the style, comfort and convenience that today's traveler desires...

Orangetheory® Fitness Celebrates Fifth Anniversary And Exponential Franchise Growth »

February 26, 2015 at 6:34AM PST | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

High-Intensity Interval Fitness Franchise Opens First Studio in NYC and Expands to South America 
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - On the heels of an impressive 2014, Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise, is celebrating its fifth year of high velocity growth with the opening of its first location in New York City. Orangetheory Fitness will make its Manhattan debut on March 6 with the brand's newest studio in Chelsea.
In 2014, Orangetheory Fitness raised the bar in the health and wellness industry having nearly doubled its footprint by opening 99 new studios. Furthermore, the company signed more than 200 franchise agreements in 2014 and is on track to open an additional 150 locations by the end of 2015...



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